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Fated: A Dark Shifter Romance (Alpha Lords Book 4) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B087YW1R8C
- Publisher : Stormy Night Publications (April 30, 2020)
- Publication date : April 30, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1242 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 165 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08FB2D8QD
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,735 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Meet Regency Emma who is turned into a vampire and follow her story as it draws her towards her "fated mate", Jean-Christophe the alpha of post apocalyptic New Orleans.
Can wolfshifter DNA give a vampire the gift of seeing the sun rise again?
It's probably an understatement to say I loved this book.....................
For one thing, the heroine Emma is a vampire, one who’s lived for hundreds of years. Despite this, she came across as the typical James heroine, instead of James exploiting the unique nature of vampires to put a whole new twist on this series. You’d think a long-lived vampire would be wily and able to avoid the typical alpha wolf-shifter dominance techniques of James’ heroes. But other than a brief shape shift, she really doesn’t do much else vampiric. Also, vampires usually are exceptionally strong. But Jean-Christophe easily overpowers Emma at every turn, and that to me was a missed opportunity. What would a wolf shifter do against another type of paranormal being who would have strength equal to his? This also made Jean-Christophe less sympathetic; he never listens to Emma’s concerns and barrels ahead with his sure-fire belief that she’s his and that their relationship will work.
That’s because Jean-Christophe also insists that if he bites Emma, she’ll turn into a wolf shifter and cease being immortal and undead. That’s a major twist from most vampire lore, and I would have appreciated more discussion of how that had been done to other vampires, how many times it had been done and worked, etc. For example, Emma alludes to an earlier time where she was offered to be turned; if this was easy to do, why wouldn’t more vampires who were just tired of being immortally undead asked to be turned into wolf shifters to live normal lifespans? Without much structure to this, I couldn’t make sense of it.
There was also a major continuity error in the books. Only 100 years elapses between two points in Emma’s life, but the way things are written indicates multiple centuries have passed, not just 100 years. Jean-Christophe speaks of his ancestors Darby and Jean-Michel as if they were long-past antecedents and mentions “hundreds” of years between them. If it was truly only 100 years, they’d be his grandparents or at best great-grandparents. And many people today would remember someone that closely related to them, rather than speaking as if they lived in ages past. This is an easy fix for James to make that I hope she does (as the years are referred to by date only at the beginning of chapters), especially if she wants to write more in this setting.
Fated also unique in that heroine and hero don’t meet until just about the halfway point. If this is something that bothers you in your reading, be advised. Finally, there’s a villain introduced, and not a lot happens with him. I don’t know if James will be writing more about this couple, or if the villain is supposed to be the Big Bad of a new series, but right now, he really wasn’t developed enough to be a credible threat.
If you like James’ style with heroes and heroines, you’ll be happy with Fated overall. But for me, everything wrapped around that plot led to more questions than answers.